It doesn`t take a serious news hound to realise that just about every news media outlet has made reports on “serious skill shortages”ť in the mining sector. And if you haven`t already, soon you`ll hear about changes the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has made to the 457 visa.
The amendments to the 457 visa mean low skilled migrant workers previously barred entry into Australia will now be granted access to the Australian job market. The implication here is that mining companies now have permission to tap into overseas low skilled labour market.
Class 457 visas are beneficial
Now”¦ I`m guessing that at about this point, anyone hearing the news and who has yet to find work in the mines will be red faced and ready to explode. My advice is: Fear not! The implementation of these 457 visas and their various subclasses is actually a good thing. And not just for the mining companies.
457 Visas for Mining
If I was cynical about the whole thing I might say: “These migrants are taking away our jobs.”ť The fact is they are simply filling positions we, as Australians, can`t fill ourselves. Failing that I might add, “Lots of them won`t speak English very well. How are they supposed to get along?”ť
That won`t be an issue; migrant workers must meet prescribed English language ability, so we can check that one off the argument list. As for the cheap labour row, fact is 457 visa holders must be paid at least as well as an Australian doing the same job, so there goes that angle.
New Mining Projects
Here`s another fact to digest with your morning breakfast: There is $280 billion (That`s billion not million) of new investment planned for resource projects ““ this is projected to lead to a shortage of 36 000 tradespeople by 2015.
The effect will extend further than the outback of Western Australia and Queensland and lead right into our major cities as workers are attracted to jobs in mining. This means there will simply not be enough Australian workers to get the job done.
Bear with me for a moment longer and will get to the good bit shortly.
If you have been paying close attention you will have noticed that we are talking about future projects here. If you don`t have your mining job now, you will have in the future because here is the good news. There will be many jobs to go around. Also know that the granting of a 457 visas is subject to some rules, which will include:
- Evidence that there are genuine skills shortages in the local area
- Training measures to reduce the reliance on overseas workers
- Increase the skills of the Australian workforce
- Demonstrated efforts to use Australian workers first
Notice the last one? This is you”¦the Australian who has first dibs on jobs. Now all you have to do is properly prepare yourself, get the right training and build your mining knowledge.
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.